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Cyclone Idai Update

Cyclone Idai Update

Six months ago Commons sent $5000 which was then matched by the Canadian government to help care for those impacted by Cyclone Idai. We received an update from CARE Canada on how our funds were used.

On behalf of CARE Canada I wanted to thank you for your generous donation made this Spring to support CARE’s emergency response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai to the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Its been 6 months since the cyclone hit, and I wanted to share with you the update of CARE’s work that your generous support made possible.

As I’m sure you remember, in early March severe weather caused flooding in parts of Malawi and Mozambique. This system escalated into tropical Cyclone Idai, which hit close to the city of Beira, Mozambique as a Category 3 cyclone. The storm continued over central Mozambique and into Zimbabwe.

Torrential rains, damaging winds and flooding affected nearly 3 million people across the three countries – with homes, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure either damaged or completely destroyed. 

In the immediate aftermath of the Cyclone, your generous support provided life-saving assistance to families in need – including tents, food supplies, clean water and hygiene kits.

Your support not only provided this live-saving support but it continues to help families recover from the storm and rebuild their lives – thank you. 

In Zimbabwe, many families are still living in camps established for the storm survivors. Having lost their homes, many of their possessions and often members of their families, these camps provide a safe place for them to recover and rebuild their lives. 

Thanks to your support, a new lighting system was installed in two of these camps in August. A total of 13 outside tower lights were installed, and households were fitted with indoor solar powered lights, a socket for phone charging and small radios. As Zimbabwe is currently experiencing power cuts for up to 18 hours a day, this initiative is making a world of difference for people living in these camps.

Camp resident Gogo Litty Munyardadzi shared that the lights made it easier for residents to access the washrooms at night, “It had been a bit risky to walk to the toilets when there was not enough lighting.”

Children are also benefiting from the new lighting system as they can study in the evening. Kelly Charamba (Grade 7 student) shared, “the lighting has come at the right moment as we are preparing for our Grade 7 exams. We also have more time to complete out homework.”

You’ve truly made a difference in the lives of those impacted by Cyclone Idai, a difference that continues every day.

We couldn’t do our humanitarian work without the generosity of donors like you. Thank you once again for your trust and confidence in CARE’s work.


Cyclone Idai Response

Cyclone Idai Response

Care Canada

As the scope of the devastation brought on by Cyclone Idai continues to unfold in Southern Africa, Canadian aid agencies are working together to rush emergency assistance to survivors.

Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have been hit by what may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN. Vast regions have been flooded, destroying infrastructure and claiming hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives. An estimated 2.6 million people have been affected and the need for food, water, sanitation and shelter is urgent.

Eight leading Canadian aid agencies are uniting their efforts and resources through the Humanitarian Coalition (HC) to raise funds for this crisis and respond to the needs of survivors as quickly and effectively as possible.

HC agencies were on the ground at the outset of the disaster, involved in search and rescue operations and airlifting supplies to areas that are inaccessible by road. They are providing tents, water and emergency supplies in all three of the affected countries. Special attention is being given to the protection of women and children, particularly in camps of displaced people. Workers on the ground report that families with children are struggling the most.

Commons has sent an initial $5000 to be matched by the Canadian Government to Care Canada to aid in the response and we will continue to follow the development to see how we can respond.

You can follow Care’s response through their website at

Hands at Work

We are also in touch with our ongoing partner Hands At Work as they respond to those in need. Commons continues to support the efforts of Hands at Work monthly.


Due to the mountainous location of the communities we serve in, they did not face the brunt of the flooding. However, consistent heavy rains over four days and four nights from the south have caused the loss of more than 70 homes of the children we care for.


As we seek to understand the devastation and impact that this has had on the most vulnerable children we care for, pray for the local office team in Chimoio, and the Regional Support team, for guidance on how to address the urgent needs of our affected families. Pray for wisdom as we connect with government services and other aid agencies to support our children and Care Workers in the best possible way.

As light rain continues to fall, homes continue to collapse due to the unstable ground saturated with rain water.

As we seek to mobilize the local church in Mozambique to respond and take action in meeting the urgent needs within their communities, pray for a willingness and open eyes to see the devastating need within their communities.


The total loss of crop due to the cyclone will have a devastating impact on the year to come, as many will face a twelve-month long hunger season.

In Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe we can expect in the coming weeks and months for there to be an increase in water-borne diseases and malaria. Please pray that we will be well equipped to care for the health of our children.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer.